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The Cooler (2003)

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

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Storyline

The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance. Written by Anonymous

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Love ...you have to play to win See more »


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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe de suerte  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$128,973 (USA) (30 November 2003)

Gross:

$8,243,880 (USA) (21 March 2004)
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Trivia

The word "fuck" is used 101 times in the film, with its running time being 101 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Natalie's hair changes several times between shots when telling Bernie about her 'Little Joe.' See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Casino employee: Where's Bernie, they're killing us. Yeah, we need him right away.
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Crazy Credits

Maria Bello's face is reflected on the side of the "Lady Luck" hotel. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Candy
(2003)
Written by Rebecca Kyler Downs & Brian Swartz (as Brian Swartz)
Performed by Rebecca Kyler Downs
Courtesy of The Kyler Company
By Arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
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ALEC BALDWIN
20 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Cooler is worth seeing just for Alec Baldwin's performance alone. An old style casino boss, his inability and unwillingness to accept the new Vegas sends his volatile nature over the edge. Baldwin has always been an underrated actor- at the start of his career, the big studios made the mistake of trying to market him as a star, rather than as the quality actor that he is. He is also helped by working alongside another great actor, William H Macy, who can do more with a look than most can do with 6 OR 7 pages of dialogue ( See the scene when he realizes Maria Bello is still in his flat ). See this film for the acting. It's good to see that films like The Cooler and 21 Grams are doing well and being recognised - it is a triumph for acting and strong scripts as opposed to continual FX and CGI in modern cinema.


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